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I have a 1997 Toyota RAV4 -- 2.0L, 4 cylinder, Manual transmission, w/ traction control. I have 2 concerns: #1) There is a cracking sound which seems to be coming from either the front-left or below the driver's seat when the steering wheel is turned from side to side. It only cracks one time, near the end of the turn, and i only notice it when i am stationary. -- #2) When the engine is cold, there is a noticeable clunk and **** when i press the clutch to change gears. This problem disappears after a few minutes, and it shifts smoothly thereafter. Thanks for your help!

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  • it sounds like your cv boot is bad and my need to replace or the half shaft is gone bad!!!

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Your rattling noise in engine bay ,dose it do it only when you start up, and if so dose the rattle go when the oil light on dash goes out, If yes then its either Low in oil/your parking on a slope/engine bearings worn/oil filter change and change oil to 30/50 oil.
you should only downshift to 1st whan stopped but you can change up and down the g/box without a clutch with correct Revs

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This is normal for a 210K Toyota Corolla. What you are hearing is the sound made by the power steering pump. Check fluid level and fill as needed. Some noise in the instances you are mentioning is normal.

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Testimonial: "Thanks for the advice. When i checked the Power Steering fluid level I found that almost empty. Once i filled it up, it seems to be ok. thanks."

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